Definitions for: Knell

[n] the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something
[v] make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification; "Ring the bells"; "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"
[v] ring, as of bells announcing death

Webster (1913) Definition: Knell, n. [OE. knel, cnul, AS. cnyll, fr. cnyllan to
sound a bell; cf. D. & G. knallen to clap, crack, G. & Sw.
knall a clap, crack, loud sound, Dan. knalde to clap, crack.
Cf. Knoll, n. & v.]
The stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a
person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, figuratively,
a warning of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of

The dead man's knell Is there scarce asked for who.

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day. --Gray.

Knell, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knelled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Knelling.] [OE. knellen, knillen, As. cnyllan. See Knell,
To sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or
funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen.

Not worth a blessing nor a bell to knell for thee.
--Beau. & Fl.

Yet all that poets sing, and grief hath known, Of hopes
laid waste, knells in that word, ``alone''. --Ld.

Knell, v. t.
To summon, as by a knell.

Each matin bell, the baron saith, Knells us back to a
world of death. --Coleridge.

Synonyms: ring

See Also: bell, go, peal, sound, toll

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